Collect three sputum specimens for acid-fast smears and culture in patients with
clinical and chest x-ray findings compatible with tuberculosis.
These three samples should be collected at 8-24 hour intervals and should
include at least one first morning specimen. Specimens must be delivered to the
Specimens that cannot be processed within one hour
of the time of collection will be refrigerated during transport to and storage
in the laboratory prior to processing. This will decrease overgrowth with
contaminating organisms likely to be present.
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